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Dec 31, 2017 8:31 PM CST
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Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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May all your wishes and dreams come true this year.


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Jan 1, 2018 4:42 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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Thanks Bob and a great New Year to you.
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Jan 1, 2018 8:17 PM CST
Name: Ginny G
Central Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Happy New Year and thanks for starting the new thread Hurray! Of course I can't add blooms for a couple months yet Whistling Whistling
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Jan 1, 2018 10:13 PM CST
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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Thank You! for the new thread.
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Jan 3, 2018 8:45 AM CST
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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I received my first bulb catalog yesterday! Doesn't that mean spring is just around the corner? Hilarious!
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Jan 3, 2018 8:54 AM CST
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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I have Helleborus niger and H. foetidus 'Wester Flisk' in bloom. The H. orientalis hybrids are not far behind. We are having a very mild and very wet winter so far.
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
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Jan 3, 2018 11:32 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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I will look for mine in Feb late.
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Jan 3, 2018 5:09 PM CST
Name: Ginny G
Central Iowa (Zone 5a)
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I've only received seed catalogs so far.
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Jan 3, 2018 9:01 PM CST
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Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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With the weather we have been having Spring cannot get here fast enough.
Lilly a couple of pictures if you get a chance. Hellebore breaking ground signifies the beginning of gardening season to me. Most years that is early March.
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Jan 4, 2018 3:57 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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I am looking at coleus. The new ones from Rosydawn are wonderful.
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Jan 4, 2018 7:58 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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Coleus is grown as an annual here.
Just sprouted a bunch, and once they show their colour, I will select the best ones.
Did two mixes and a pkt of Black Dragon.
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Jan 4, 2018 7:59 AM CST
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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Bob, your wish is my command! (Especially when it stops raining long enough for me to go outside and take some pictures) Big Grin

Helleborus foetidus 'Wester Flisk':

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This is evergreen in my climate and grows with reckless abandon. Had to trim it rather severely last year because it was aspiring to take over the world (or at least the shady part of the woodland bed.)

Helleborus niger:

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Helleborus orientalis hybrids:
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We have frost predicted for the near future, but fortunately the Hellebores do not mind that one bit. It just slows them down a little.

I also got a picture of one of my crazy frost-defying Gallardias:
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Rosa 'Twice in a Blue Moon' also seems to have forgotten it is frost tender:

I have had freeze dried rosebuds this time of year before, but never fresh ones.
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
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Jan 4, 2018 9:04 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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Carolyn, same here. I use them in deck containers.
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Jan 4, 2018 9:57 AM CST
Name: Ginny G
Central Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Beautiful Lilli Hurray!
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Jan 4, 2018 10:58 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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Back here to list my deck garden container combos for 2018
I am leaning toward limes and yellow greens.I can add white and red annuals if needed.
I always over do the planters ,too many plants per pot.

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Jan 4, 2018 11:44 AM CST
Moderator
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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Lilli nice to see some blooms on a day like this. It has been snowing since early this morning with high winds.
Jo Ann I guess this storm has reached your area by now.
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Jan 4, 2018 12:09 PM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Avid Green Pages Reviewer Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Lilies
We are'nt getting as much snow, just under 3 inches.Winds bring the chill factor down.
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Jan 7, 2018 7:59 PM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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I always look forward to your container plans, Jo Ann
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Jan 14, 2018 9:08 AM CST
Oxford UK (Zone 8a)
Salvia 'Amistad' continues to bloom...............
Salvia 'Amistad' by longk48, on Flickr

Salvia coerulea has started to bloom.............
Salvia coerulea by longk48, on Flickr

Although it should bloom over the winter it would have looked better if it bloomed a few weeks later. The dismal light levels result in the early blooms being less than perfect.
Salvia and anything unusual
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Jan 14, 2018 9:23 AM CST
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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They still look very good to me. That warm purple of 'Amistad' in particular! Lovey dubby
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